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The HCPE Practice of Excellence Award is designed to identify and reward successful practices, recognize the achievements made by SCO graduates, and help foster joint relationships that benefit both the alumni and current optometry students.

The awards are divided into three sections based on the number of years of practice.

A panel of 5 judges consisting of 3 members of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence Advisory Board, the Director of HCPE and Dr. Jerry Hayes will review all submissions and check for proper eligibility and truthfulness.

In the event the panel of judges determines that there are no qualified or suitable applications submitted for a particular award, then they may elect to refrain from selecting a winner and no award will be given.

Any questions regarding the award should be directed to

Click here to see the 2016 application.

2015 winners

The Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at SCO is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of its Practice of Excellence Award.


Three different $5,000 awards were designated to honor recent alumni at different stages of their optometric careers. All three recipients own their own practices and exemplify the private practice principles embodied in the Hayes Center’s mission encouraging practice success. Recipients include:   

  • Dr. Joe Sugg, Class of 2009, who practices at Heber Springs Eye Care Center in Heber Springs, Arkansas.  
  • Dr. Randall Glass, Class of 2006, who practices at Fowler Eye Care in Texarkana and Ashdown Eye Care in Ashdown, Arkansas.
  • Dr. James Hertzog, Class of 2006, who practices at Hertzog Family Eye Care in Cabot and Jacksonville, Arkansas.

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